I've always battled my weight. I've never been...
I've always battled my weight. I've never been (and will never be) a skinny girl. But my sexy weight was 165. So whenever I succeeded in circling that weight, I considered the battle Won. And then I got pregnant and had a baby. The battle has gone downhill ever since. I've been between 183 - 193 since my DS was born 3 years ago.
It's hard enough to find time to diet and exercise when you the working mom of a toddler. Yet it's most difficult when you diet and push and sweat but see no results. The scale would go down, but my belly stayed the same. After a few weeks of this, I would just give up and give out.
Then for some reason I came across the term Tumescent Lipo. I can't even remember how or where. I began Googling more information on it. Saw great results, minimal pain and bruising, and best of all: Affordability. I was like "Eureka!" This is it! This will give me the head start I need to get me back to my sexy weight. I'm currently 5 days post-op. I am still extremely swollen - almost to pre-op size (measurement wise). But I looked at my Before and 3 days After shots and I can see a change is gonna come.
One Week Follow Up
At my follow up appointment. Turns out I am more swollen than usual. My PS reopened one of the surgical incisions (did not hurt at all) and pushed out A LOT of fluid that has been building up. I felt better immediately.
He is prescribing antibiotics and wants me to do a better job at keeping my compression garment tight. (Any tighter and I'll have to be placed on a respirator. But oh well. Doctor's orders.
More Pics to come soon. Since I'm so swollen I'd prefer to take more After photos in another week or so.
Suck it in!
Me after the doctor wrapped the binder around my "loose" compression garment to tighten it up.
I can feel my esophagus in my throat its so tight.
The doctor got out 3 liters. My waist is currently 3 inches smaller than pre-op. Still, I'm very swollen. Can't wait to see the results in 6 weeks.
A few 'Before' photos. It's funny because the first few days after the procedure you're so impatient and skeptical. You want to see immediate results and then your minds begins to creep into the "I don't think there's much of a difference. Did I waste my money?" negative thoughts.
It helps though to see how far you've come. Even now, with my swelling, it's obvious that there IS a difference. Wow. I'm stoked.
I took it easy last week. Ate less, but did not start an official diet. But now, I'm stoked. Ready to start making changes for a new body. I'll probably do a low carb (50g) and low calorie (1200) diet plan. It's a doable diet, especially with how tight the compression garment is. I can hardly breathe, let alone overeat, in this thing.
Me in the doctor-approved Lipo Express compression garment. It's tight and I hate it. I have actual anger towards it. But my doc has gotten great results with larger bellies than mine, so I'll follow his orders. Who needs oxygen or to feel sensation in the lower half of their bodies anyway, right? '-)
Two 1/2 Weeks Post
Still very swollen, but overall my pain has been very minimal during this entire process.
I have a lot of fluid/swelling in my belly. From touching and pushing on it, I'm guessing it's at least 3 inches of added girth to my belly. I'm down 4 inches since pre-surgery - at least mid-belly - so hopefully the final 3 will make a total of at least 7 inches.
Last night I massaged and then slept on my belly all night. I noticed this morning that I'd lost another 1/3 inch. Not sure if that aided in my body reabsorbing the fluid or if its just temporary. I'll keep you posted.
I'm posting several "One week post" and "Two week post" photos.
I'm seeing some changes from week to week. Notice how my lower belly flap is diminishing. That's surely a wonderful thing.